The reference starts @ 0:47 min! The flying unicorn/Lady Rainicorn is in reference to Vernon's insta-profile picture. The comic figure is wearing the same clothes as Vernon on KCON (which Tobi Lou attended) and him waving is in reference to Vernon's enthusiastic reaction, when he saw Tobi Lou in the audience. The City of Vernon water tank is a call-back to one of Tobi's own insta-posts when he was jamming to Seventeen's track Check-In while coincidentally coming across that water tank.
[A run-down of their ´fanship´/friendship (Media heavy)]Back in June, Vernon recommended fans to listen to all of Tobi Lou's songs and saying how he was a big fan of him.
180625 Fancafe chatting— 원쉬시 (@ohmywonwoo) June 25, 2018
Vernon recommended tobi lou's song
Vernon: "just listen to all of this person's songs"
Pic: 17__hyang pic.twitter.com/joCyYIUabg
After that, Seventeen fans started to check out Tobi Lou and people started to tweet him about it, so Tobi Lou thanked Vernon on his twitter, checked out Seventeen's songs and became a fan as well.
if anyone ever talks to Vernon tell him i said thank you— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) June 27, 2018
i’m playing nothing but Seventeen songs today https://t.co/mzjZQTrhwV— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) June 27, 2018
city of Vernon pic.twitter.com/yzhPcZSQu1— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) June 27, 2018
This post was alsoreposted on Seventeen's official IG and Vernon's biggest supporter Seungkwan promptly commented with "wow 👏👏👏".
apparently i’ve slipped into the diamond life— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 3, 2018
damn this made my day https://t.co/tEzaVkR5gl— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 16, 2018
vern killed it— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 16, 2018
y’all gotta be patient wit me i’m still trynna learn the other members, there’s like 50 of them but that’s perfect— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 16, 2018
tell woozi to produce the collab for me and vern— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 16, 2018
wow y’all weren’t lyin, what’s good is a lil bop— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 16, 2018
my boys killed it 💍 https://t.co/mT381TIc3Q— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 21, 2018
🥕 💎 do these two emojis answer your question https://t.co/QKtJHlYKHF— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 21, 2018
At the end of July Vernon opened his own IG and Tobi quickly started to follow him.
Vern has an IG and instagram won’t let me follow it, this is officially the best worst day ever— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 28, 2018
i didn’t choose this carat life, it chose me— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 29, 2018
yes, for Seventeen, Heize & Dean adding more to the list daily https://t.co/xU3UJwDFa3— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) July 29, 2018
At the beginning of August, Tobi announced that he'd be going to KCON LA.
I’m going to KCon LA, can’t wait— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) August 3, 2018
I’ve always liked kpop, last summer i found out about heize and dean and fell in love. My sister loves BTS, she stans them and txts me about them every other day. I just got put onto Seventeen this year because of the carats and Vern. And now they’re my fav group.— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) August 3, 2018
Meanwhile, Vernon kept recommending fans songs from Tobi during fansigns.
During that time, it seems like Tobi already had the idea of referencing him in the MV.
Wait till Vern sees the buff baby video— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) August 6, 2018
Then, KCON came...
Vernon saw Tobi in the audience.
This is so Hansol Vernon Chwe pic.twitter.com/jXl7PklWFg— ❊Hanseungshine❊needs con tix ;^; (@boonontrxsh) August 13, 2018
And they started talking on IG. Also, Vernon's mom started following Tobi on insta too. Which was followed by Tobi telling his mom to follow Vernon's mom back too lol.
It came to a point where Seungkwan himself demanded a collab.
While Seventeen were in LA, Vernon and Tobi managed to meet two times (that we know of). Tobi also showed Vernon his studio and introduced him to his MV director/editor @glassface_.
i’m member 14 pic.twitter.com/jcXrncajn7— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) August 16, 2018
(what is this phone case you ask? That story would need it's own post...should I make one?)
[reply] tobilou: “idk what's more fire, our outfits or my phone case”— VERNON STAGRAM (@vernstagram) August 20, 2018
chwenotchew: “i agree”
tobilou: “lol Lady Rainicorn would be proud of you”
ー#SEVENTEEN #세븐틴 #VERNON #버논 pic.twitter.com/UchOM7hnBS
Vern replying to me in Korean like we in an episode of Adventure Time lol i’m here for it— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) August 20, 2018
After Seventeen returned to Korea, they talked about Tobi Lou on a VLIVE. Below is the video message Vernon did for Tobi, but if you want to hear them talk more about it (especially how they were shocked that Tobi was older than all of them haha), here's a link to the fully subbed VLIVE. It starts at 06:16 min.
Lol this actually made my day. LA was great, and now i can’t wait to go to Korea and see my boys 🇰🇷💫 https://t.co/YZBql5wVFU— 17’s tobi lou with the TROOP💫 (@tobilou) August 17, 2018
Tobi is apparently a language genius, because he's already responding to Seungkwan in Korean lol.
Which gets us to today, the day of the MV release :-)
Source: @ohmywonwoo, @tobilou, SyupeoMIN, vernstagram, boonontrxsh, soonsvt
This whole thing that's been going on for the last 2-3 months has been really positive and sweet, hope they'll get to make a collab someday!